Partially constructed Polynesian tower with DVC villas at Walt Disney World

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Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort has always been one of my family’s favorite hotels. And this is not just at Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida, but anywhere. So we are understandably excited about the expansion to the resort!

A new Disney Vacation Club tower is being constructed as the newest section of the Polynesian Resort. (Fun fact: an early design of the Polynesian Resort involved a tower, though ultimately Disney went with a village layout.)

The new tower’s location is in the area where the nightly luau, the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, was previously held. This is the side of Polynesian closest to the Grand Floridian Resort. It’s also nearest the Polynesian buildings of Tuvalu, Aotearoa, and Fiji. Basically, if you’re facing the Seven Seas Lagoon, then the tower is on the left side of the Polynesian Resort.

Once completed, guests will be able to stay in Disney Vacation Club (DVC) villas located inside the tower. And luckily, you don’t have to be a DVC member to stay there! As we have discussed before on the blog, you can book a DVC room through David’s Vacation Club Rentals. In fact, you’re going to want to book through David’s, as you can save hundreds to thousands of dollars on your stay this way! (We talk more about booking DVC rooms here.)

And progress is being made on the tower. You can see how far they’ve gotten as of March 2024:

Construction on the new Polynesian DVC Tower at Walt Disney World

Construction work on the Polynesian Tower at Disney World in Orlando Florida

Polynesian Resort building and new DVC tower under constructionPartially constructed Polynesian tower with DVC villas at Walt Disney WorldDisney hasn’t released a timeline of when the construction will be completed, though it is expected to continue through late 2024. We’ll let you know when any specific dates have been announced, including when you can start booking reservations for the Polynesian DVC tower.

But until then, the question is, should you stay at Polynesian during the construction?

Staying at Polynesian During Construction

The construction will obviously impact the aesthetic appeal of the Polynesian Resort. It also has resulted in the temporary closure of the pathway between the Polynesian and Grand Floridian Resort. And, as construction tends to be, it can be noisy, though work involving noise is not supposed to start until 9:00 AM each morning.

In addition to the Polynesian power being built, there will also be refurbishments done through the fall of 2024. Specifically, painting of the exterior of buildings will take place. This is expected to affect guest room balconies. The painting should generally take place between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

So is this enough to mean you shouldn’t stay at the Polynesian?

Obviously, this is a subjective question. The Polynesian Resort has a lot of fun activities, restaurants, and transportation options (like a boat ride or a monorail ride to the Magic Kingdom) that continue to be available during the construction.

But it would be a shame to pay full price for an experience that is a little less than what it normally is, right?

However, in my personal opinion, I think a stay at the Polynesian during the refurbishment and tower construction could absolutely be worth it, as long as you can get a good rate on your hotel stay. And you can do that by going through David’s, as previously discussed. You can also use one of the other ways to save money at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

And if you do decide to book a stay at the Polynesian, make sure you check out our 10 best tips for staying at the Polynesian Village Resort.